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Feb 12, 2013 7:30am EST
the interests of pyongyang in tokyo. chief cabinet member said if five senior members visit home they will not be allowed to re-enter japan. they are also considering further sanctions. >>> north korean leaders have heard similar criticisms before and they've ignored them. nhk world kangookamoto has more. >> reporter: the work in mid-1980s they built north korea facilities. u.s. japan and others demanded full access to the sites. north korean officials refused. they insisted the program was for peaceful purposes not for obtaining plutonium. the confrontation escalated. >> plutonium they might have accumulated from the 1989 shutdown was not more than 6 kill lo kilograms or 7 kilograms of mru tone numb which is enough for one nuclear device. north korean claim they have much less than that, 70 grams. >> reporter: then in 1994 north korean authorities promised to give up on their nuclear ambitions in exchange for oil imports and help with nuclear plan construction. but foreign diplomats and international atomic energy inspectors became concerned in 2002 that the country was enrichin
Feb 7, 2013 6:00am PST
with the russian embassy in tokyo. they are calling for an investigation. russian authorities say they will confirm the details. foreign ministry spokespersons say this is the first time in five years russian aircraft have violated japanese air space. february 7th is significant because that's the date in 1855 japanese and russian leaders signed a treaty recognizing the islands as part of japan. people in tokyo held an annual rally on thursday to call on russia to honor that agreement and return the territory. prime minnesout minister abe vop working. he told vladimir putin that he wants to find a solution. a swift solution is needed. >> translator: the japanese government will press ahead with its basic policy of settling the territorial dispute and pushing to sign a peace treaty with russia. we will continue our efforts to make progress in negotiations. >> the prime minister said the japanese government and public must be united in dealing with this issue. >>> the head of the all-japan judo federation wants to clear the air. he will brief officials on a scandal that's tarnished a sport that start
Feb 13, 2013 5:30pm PST
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's thursday february 14th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. we start with data on japan's economy just out. the country's gross domestic product for the final quarter of 2012 shrank slightly in the october to december period. this is the third straight quarter of contraction. cabinet office officials say gdp for the quarter fell 0.1% from the previous three months. that's a decline of 0.4% in annual terms. this is due to weak global demand. exports shrank 3.7%. and capital spending at companies went down 2.6%. >>> financial leaders in the u.s. are facing their own set of challenges. president obama nominated his chief of staff to be his next treasury secretary. and now jack lew is outlining what he sees ahead for the economy. ai uchida joins us now from the business desk. ai, good morning. >> good morning, catherine. jack lew, he has to win over the democrats and the republicans before he can be treasury secretary. so he's asking lawmakers for bipartisan support on fiscal reform. he says this is needed to keep the u.s. economy on the path to recovery.
Feb 6, 2013 7:30am EST
's northeast. >>> tokyo stocks rallied and many asian markets saw gains. ron madison has been following the action and is here to explain today's action. >> you got to go way back to see the levels we saw today. about four years and four months. i came on news of the governor's resignation. the nikkei as you see there climbing very close to 4% today. ended at 11,463. now this is the highest closing since september 2008. that was two weeks after lehman brothers collapsed. investors are hoping for further monetary easing from his successor and sport related issues led the advance brought on by a weaker yen. the yen is weakening further and this is due to investors hopes for further measures under the next boj governor. the dollar topped 94 yen first time that's happened since may 2010. it has since lot of a bit at 93.67. some traders taking profits. in terms of euro yen it's at 126.84. turning to other asian stocks now most parkts did trade higher today. we had services data from europe and the u.s. that came out above market expectations today. that did support sentiment a bit. shanghai
Feb 18, 2013 6:00am PST
representatives of local governments and the environment industry in tokyo met to set up a task force, planning to share information on the problem and discuss preventive measures. ministry officials said they need more observation points to detect minute pollutants called pm 2.5. they are found in exhaust and factory smoke. the ministry is drawing up guidelines on protecting people's health if the density of pm 2.5 rises. >> translator: it's close to china. people there are increasingly concerned about the issue. we want the central government to discuss the matter and clearly show us the results as soon as possible. >> authorities in tokyo and osaka have started to provide pollution data online. >>> naval officers from mainly asian pacific countries have gathered in japan to discuss security it is aimed at promoting mutual understanding in the region. on monday 15 officers took part in an opening ceremony at japan's maritime staff college in tokyo. they represent 15 countries, including japan, the u.s., south korea, china, and australia. the director of the college's research department says
Feb 24, 2013 5:30pm PST
is at the tokyo stock exchange. ramin, how are the governors responding to the news so far? >> we've already seen a bit of reaction in the currency markets, so why don't we go to that first and then i'll bring you the opening levels for the nikkei and the topix. you can see the dollar/yen clearly in the 94 levels, 94.22 to 24. traders are really betting japan's central bank will deliver further monetary easing under this new governor. now, the dollar has kept above those 94-yen levels. let's look at the euro/yen. 124.21 to 26. it's also higher but trading likely to be a little bit restrained until the full repercussions of the italian elections play out in the markets. they think italy may not pursue current policies. we shall see. that sentiment may be borne out by the weaker yen today. let's have a look at opening levels for this monday, february 25. 11,569, up 1.61% for the nikkei, the topix up 1.44%. we're also getting from the foreign markets and that is boosting sentiment here. we had some key earnings which helped out. among them, hewlett-packard which jumped out on friday. we'll watch out
Feb 28, 2013 6:00am PST
of the manila-based institution on march 118th. >>> u.s. tech giant apple has won a patent lawsuit in tokyo over south korea's samsung electronics. the ruling is the second in a series of court cases in japan involving smartphones and tablet computers. the tokyo district court on thursday ruled that apple does not infringe on samsung's patents for mobile data transfer technologies. presiding judge ichiro ataka upheld claims by apple's japanese operations. the ruling also rejected samsung's request for a ban on sales of some apple devices. the tokyo court upheld samsung's claims in a decision over a different technology last summer. court decisions on the mobile data transmission technologies have been split worldwide. last august apple's claims were upheld in the united states but samsung won in a south korean ruling. >>> robotic engineers in japan are putting the final touches on an invention that's expected to take a giant leap forward for robot kind. they're getting ready to send the first talking robot into space. the plan is it will keep astronauts company during their long stays and give r
Feb 5, 2013 7:00pm PST
. 1,942. in australia the benchmark index is trading higher by .9%. 4,925. tokyo clearly leading the advance. >>> the world's third largest personal computer maker dell is going private. its founder and a consortium of investors will buy out the u.s. company for $24.4 billion. ceo michael dell established the company in 1984. he said he will acquire the company with an investment fund and in partnership with microsoft. the software giant will invest $2 billion in the deal to forge closer ties with the pc maker. dell expanded his business through a produce to order system that required no inventory. his company was once the world's largest manufacturer of personal computers. but the popularity of smartphones and tablet computers put pressure on his firm and its share price tumbled. dell says the buyout will allow him to turn his company around without subjecting shareholders to market fluctuations. the deal is set to close this summer. >>> fewer drivers in ufrp have been heading to dealerships to buy vehicles lately because of the region's fij troubles. but the auto market in russ
Feb 8, 2013 7:00pm PST
to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. japanese and chinese authorities are asserting two different versions of what happened last month between their forces in the east china sea. officials in tokyo maintain that chinese naval ships used fire controlled radar against the japanese self-defense force. but china's defense ministry has issued a statement denying that ever happened. the statement refers to two separate incidents. on january 19th, it admits that crews on a chinese frigate tracked a helicopter because it approached their vessel. in the second case on january 30th, the statement says a chinese ship monitored an sdf destroyer that was following it at close range. but the statement denies chinese crews used fire controlled radar in either instance. it says officials in tokyo released false reports without confirming the facts with their counterparts in beijing. a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry also denied japan's claim. >> translator: all of our departments have published the true facts. the japanese claims are complete fabrication. >>> japanese defense repres
Feb 26, 2013 7:00pm PST
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday, february 27th, i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> egyptian authorities have suspended all hot air balloon flights in luxor following a deadly accident in the ancient city. a balloon carrying 21 people crashed into a field. 19 people died. a witness told nhk a fire broke out and burned half of the balloon's basket. he says he saw the pilot and a passenger jump out. he says the balloon rose higher as the flames spread. then it crashed into a sugar cane field. civil aviation minister wai al madawi visited the site of the accident. he says a committee from the ministry will investigate. luxor provincial officials say four japanese are among the dead. a japanese travel agency confirmed they're two married couples from tokyo. the casualties also include tourists from britain and hong kong. >> translator: the basket of the doomed balloon was engulfed in flames within seconds. >> luxor is located about 500 kilometers south of cairo. it's one of egypt's most popular sightseeing areas. the city has ancient ruins such as the valley of the
Feb 11, 2013 5:30pm PST
kobayashi in tokyo. >>> millions of roman catholics around the world are coming to terms with an announcement from their spiritual leader that's both surprising and rare. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job and is stepping down at the end of the month. he is 85. spokespersons for the vatican said the pope cited his advancing age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal yosef razinger was 75 years old when he became pope following the death of pope john paul ii. benedict xvi was a conservative pope. he strongly worked for his control. he faced the generation and joined twitter last year. he took his turn on handling sexual abuse scandals to an investigation of money launderring in the vatican city. he accused his butler of stealing and leaking documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose
Feb 27, 2013 6:00am PST
seabed more than 1,800 kilometers south of tokyo are much higher in denser than china's inland deposits. the finding has raised the prospect of raising them. researchers raised mud from the seabed more than five kilometers deep last month. it followed the discovery by a group from the university of tokyo last year. they have collected black-colored mud. the color indicates it contains large amounts of rare earth medals. a metal called dysprosium has been found, it is essential for producing hybrid vehicles. its density was about 20 times this of mines in southern china. the sample contained other rare earths as well, indispensable for i.t. devices. >> translator: the latest research found high concentrations of rare earth metals. the findings have raised the possibility of developing them as resources. >> but no such research development has taken place at sea depths of over 5 kilometers. the japanese government plans to discuss relevant issues, including technologies to pull the reserves. >>> executives from a major japanese trading house are hoping tap into japan's volcanic resources.
Feb 12, 2013 7:00pm PST
in tokyo. north korea on tuesday defied u.n. resolutions to conduct a nuclear test. members of the security council held an emergency meeting to discuss their response. our u.n. correspondent mik miki ebara is on the line. what were the reactions from the security council members to the north korean nuclear test? >> reporter: the members were united in their condemnation of the test. south korean foreign minister kim sung hwan presided over the emergency session that lasted for an hour and a half and issued a press statement. >> the members of the security council strongly condemned this test, which is a grave violation of the security council resolution. >> reporter: the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, echoed the strong criticism. >> the actions of north korea are a threat to regional peace and security, international peace and security, and they are not acceptable. they will not be tolerated. and they will be met with north korea's increasing isolation and pressure under united nations sanctions. >> reporter: the security council was quick to condemn the test. it also responded q
Feb 27, 2013 7:00pm PST
deflation. let's get a check on the markets. tokyo share prices are trading higher today with export related stocks leading the gains. investors are feeling positive. better than expected housing numbers are also providing a boost. the nikkei has a begin of 2% from wednesday's close. the dollar is higher against the yen. participants are optimistic as data on pending home sales beat market expectations. that pair being quoted at 121.64 to 67. south korea's kospi jumped 2% higher. 2,027. let's see what's going nin australia. we'll see where china takes us when they open over the next hour. the japanese government aims to double its consumption tax rate over the next year and a half but that will likely not be enough the turn around the country's finances and that's due to balloons social security and debt servicing costs. the finance ministry calculation suggest the government must cut spending if the budget deficit is to be reduced. the estimate shows tax revenue will surge to over $600 billion fiscal 2016. that will be the first year with a tax rate of 10%. the increase in tax revenue is es
Feb 4, 2013 6:00am PST
's embassy in tokyo. maritime authorities have increased their presence in the area since japanese leaders nationalized the islands last september. officials in beijing said last month they will conduct regular patrols around the islands. >>> prime minister shinzo abe will likely raise the senkaku islands issue with president barack obama when they meet this month. they'll also go over something that's been a thorn in japan-u.s. relations, the relocation of an american military base within okinawa. both governments want the plan to go ahead but people living in japan's south aren't onboard. nhk world reports. >> reporter: abe met with his counterpart to talk about the relocation of the futenma air station, a u.s. marine base. >> translator: we must remove the futenma air station as soon as possible in accordance with an agreement with the u.s. government. >> translator: we want the base to be moved out of okinawa. >> reporter: okinawa is japan's southernmost prefecture. the island district comprises only 0.6% of japan's land. but hosts 70% of the u.s. bases in the nation. for many, futenma
Feb 6, 2013 6:00am PST
to find time. nhk world, tokyo. >>> people in the solomon islands have had another reminder of the dangers they face because of where they live. a major earthquake sent a tsunami slamming into the island chain. six people confirmed dead and four injured. four others are missing. analysts with the u.s. geological survey say the magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit around lunchtime on wednesday. the quake sparked warnings across the south pacific. observers from the pacific island center reported a wave about 90 centimeters high reached the coast of nando island. ngo workers on nando say it washed away at least 100 houses. they add the supply of electricity and water has been disrupted and some parts of the island have been flooded, including the airport. >>> two major japanese automakers have revised upward their profit estimates for the fiscal year through march. the decline is a prime factor for improving their earnings outlook. mazda motors says it expects to post $480 million in operating profit. that's up 80% in yen terms from its previous estimates. the weaker yen improved export margins. maz
Feb 8, 2013 6:00am PST
instance. it says officials in tokyo released false reports without confirming the facts with their counterparts in beijing. a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry also denied japan's claim. >> translator: all of our departments have published the true facts. the japanese claims are complete fabrication. >> later on friday, japan's vice foreign minister summoned china's ambassador to protest the denials. he urged chinese authorities to reinvestigate the case and to adopt preventive measures. >>> japanese defense representatives have provided more information to back up their version of what happened at the end of january. they say their data shows the crew on the chinese frigate used their weapons radar as they passed in front of the self-defense force destroyer. the two vessels were about 3 kilometers apart at the time, defense officials say the chinese crew trained what appeared to be artillery-guiding radar at the destroyer but they stress no artillery was pointed at the japanese vessel. the officials say the destroyer's electronic wave detecting system then c
Feb 11, 2013 7:00pm PST
in tokyo. millions of roman catholics around the world are coming to terms with an announcement that is both surprising and rare. pope benedict xvi says he's too old to do his job. he's 85. spokespersons for the vatican say the pope cited his advance age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger was 78 years old when he became pope in april 2005 following the death of pope john paul ii. he was the oldest person to become pontiff in 275 years. benedict xvi was a conservative pope, he strongly opposed to birth control, but he embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter last year. pope benedict faced a string of challenges during his term from sexual abuse scandals involving the members of the clergy to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior me
Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm PST
's get a check on tokyo markets. first taking a look at stocks. market sentiment is damaged. the nikkei is trading at 11,423. sources say investors are selling export related issues to take profits after recent gains. moving onto currencies now. the fed minute that hint at scaling back monetary easing has led to dollar buying. the dollar against the yen is being quoted at 93.79 to 82. south korea's kospi is down by a fourth of a percent. australia is trading lower as well down .9 at 5,052. looks like a bit of negative pressure on asian stocks. japan prime minister is leaving for washington on thursday for talks with u.s. president barack obama. ahead of the bilateral meeting a top u.s. trade official made comments on the free trade deal. this is a topic that abe has placed at the top of the agenda. u.s. trade representative ron kikr says japan should be willing to negotiate all items to join talks on the tpp. his remarks came at an interview with reuters news agency. kirk says the u.s. and other tpp participants have never allowed any country to have certain countries or products protec
Feb 7, 2013 7:30am EST
in tokyo. they are calling for an investigation. russian authorities say they will confirm the details. foreign ministry spokespersons say this is the first time in five years russian aircraft have violated japanese air space. >>> the head of the all-japan judo federation wants to clear the air. he will brief officials on a scandal that's tarnished a sport that started in japan. coaches physically abused members of the women's national team. 15 team members filed a complaint with the japanese olympic committee. they said coaches engaged in violent behavior in training, such as slapping wrestlers in the face. the head coach and the director of technical development have resigned. uemura headed to paris, where he'll appear before the international judo federation. >> translator: it is my responsibility to explain what happened, because we have inconvenienced everyone in judo around the world. >> uemura says he wants to prevent the scandal from affecting tokyo's bid to host the 2020 olympics. >> judo has deep roots in japan and fans expect success. the head coach says he was under pressur
Feb 13, 2013 7:00pm PST
'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> japan's gross domestic product for the final quarter of 2012 shrank slightly in the october to december period. this is the third straight quarter of contraction. gdp fell 1.4%. the pace of decline was more moderate than the previous period when it was minus 3.8%. global demand was dragging down the economy. capital spending went down housing investment showed growth of 3.5%. consumer spending was up due to strong sales of winter clother. overall gdp rose 1.9% for the previous year. that's the first growth in two years. investors have been tracking the data. who has the upper hand? >> i would have said the buyers but it's a mixed picture here in japan. the nikkei is trading slightly higher. 11,255. up 0.03% from wednesday ease close. exports related stocks are getting a lift. some expect the yen will stay on a declining trend for the time being. others are selling recent gainers to lock in profits. that's after news the economy shrank in the fourth quarter and this is what many of the market had been forecasting. the dollar is moving in a narrow range
Feb 18, 2013 7:00pm PST
understanding in the region. on monday 15 officers took part at japan's maritime defense college in tokyo. they represent 15 countries including japan, the u.s., south kor korea, china and australia. they hope the participants can discuss each nation's interest. >> translator: china's participation has great effect considering the timing of the meeting. >>> the ancient town of >>> the town of timbuktu in mali is charged with history, a crossroads of islamic culture. militants destroyed prime examples of that culture as they made a push through the region. now heritage experts convened by u nessco have decided to rebuild parts of the world heritage site. about 150 experts gathered at unesco headquarters in paris. they discussed ways to rebuild ancient tombs. >> translator: the destruction of world heritage site is an act of foolishness. people of the whole world are the victims of such an act. >> militants destroyed 500-year-old islam makes liums before being driven out last month. they will study the damage and start reconstruction. >>> japanese prime minister abe is packing his bags. he
Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm PST
at the stock market. tokyo share prices are trading higher after the dow jones industrial average reached its highest level this year on tuesday. sources say investors are buying export-related stocks on hopes for a better global economic outlook. the nikkei average currently 11,475, a gain of .9% from tuesday's close. moving on to currencies now, the dollar is slightly higher against the yen. expectations are mounting that the bank of japan will take additional easing measures in the coming mods. the dollar against the yen is being quoted at 93.70-73. market watchers say participants are now closely looking to see who's going to head the bank of japan. that's after governor masaki shirakawa steps down next month. and the euro is trading also higher against the yen. boosted by an improvement in germany's economic sentiment data. the euro against the yen at 125.82-87. >>> now, in other markets in the asia pacific, south korea's kospi is up by .9% above that 2,000 mark at the moment. let's see what's happening in australia. the benchmark index there is up by 1/3 of a percent at 5,100. >>> well,
Feb 5, 2013 6:00am PST
diplomatic channels, both in tokyo and beijing. >> he says chinese government officials told his ministry they're trying to confirm what actually took place. he says japan will urge china's leaders to prevent this kind of incident from happening again. >>> security analysts are trying to figure out the consequences of what happened out at sea. earlier i spoke with bonji ohara, a former navy captain with japan's self defenses force. so, how serious do you consider this incident? >> yes, it irious act because using radar, which can control the weapon, means they will attack, intentional attack these ships. usually the naval ships have two types of radars. >> okay. >> generally one is for navigation, or searching target. another is the fd radar used for controlling the weapons. this time the chinese ship used this radar pointed to japanese ships on the helicopter. >> fc radar means fire-controlled radar? >> yes. >> why would crews on a chinese frigate train their weapons radar, especially fc radar, on a sdf destroyer? >> i think the -- there are two possible scenarios. >> okay. one is the ch
Feb 7, 2013 5:30pm PST
stocks are trading here in tokyo, we are going to ramin mellagard at the tokyo stock exchange. we have had two pull-backs. are we headed for another? >> it looks like it. the drop we have seen in trade appears like that. the 2% drop in productivity for the fourth quarter in the u.s. as well as those slightly taken as negative comments from ecb president mario draghi may have more bite. we are definitely seeing that in the opening levels. let's have a look at those. 11,247. less than 1% on the nikkei. topix at 961. we had more than 400-point surge on wednesday. does look like the negative factors are prevailing so far. we'll have to see how friday developing. earnings and the weaker yen have been a major focus in japan. many major exporters expressed hope that the weaker yen will help. it's a lot of restructuring and cost cutting measures that have been the major factor for some of the turnarounds we have seen. now, sony was a big focus yesterday after the bell. they came out with earnings and said it showed a turnaround in the operating profit, as you can uh see there of around $495 mi
Feb 14, 2013 6:00am PST
in tokyo on thursday to discuss financial assistance for palestine. nhk world's tomoko kamata has more. >> reporter: through the gathering, japanese foreign ministry officials want to show the international community that not only the west but also asia wants to contribute to the middle east peace process. representatives from asean countries including south korea, thailand, indonesia and malaysia participated in the conference on cooperation among east asian countries for palestinian development. palestinian prime minister salam fayyad co-chaired the meeting. >> we will continue to pursue this endeavor with the greatest political process, one that takes care of all the requirements that i mentioned before and one that includes, importantly, negotiations between us and israel and in order for us to be able to bring this conflict to an end. >> reporter: in november of last year the u.n. general assembly approved a resolution recognizing palestine as a non-member observer state. this led israel to step up its embargoes in protest. the participants agreed that the severe financial and eco
Feb 19, 2013 6:00am PST
nhk world. >> reporter: residents of tokyo opened their doors to find something obscuring their view. turned out to be snow. still, they are worried about something else in the air. >> translator: i'm scared of the fact that it's difficult to protect myself. >> translator: i hear that it's much smaller than pollen and could go inside my body. so i'm very concerned. >> reporter: people across china have returned home after the new year. their cars are pumping out fumes of exhaust and factories are spewing their own emissions. chinese authorities are warning about fine particles in the air. they say the levels will likely increase in some areas later this week. people across japan fear all the pollution is making its way here. many are picking up appliances to clean the air they breathe. like this electronic store in tokyo, people usually buy air cleaners for hay fever but air pollution is giving customers another reason to look at them. >> translator: we've been receiving lot was calls from customers asking which air cleaner model can deal with the fine particles. >> reporter: air cle
Feb 1, 2013 7:30am EST
fell short of market expectations. also the yen's further decline helped to bolster tokyo stocks. on to currencies the dollar has recovered. dollar/yen 92.09-13. dollar buying remains pretty strong that's because market players believe the u.s. economy will be able to maintain its momentum. the euro also gaining ground as germany's factor activity gained. i want hit the 126 yen level for the first time in two years and nine months. seeing a bit of a pull back, 125.68. that is going to do it for biz tonight. >>> journalists got access this week to a damaged and dangerous facility they often report on but rarely visit. the operators of fukushima daiichi allowed the media to tour nuclear plant. a team from nhk went inside. tokyo electric power officials have restricted access to fukushima daiichi since the facility was crippled from the tsunami. three reactors suffered meltdowns. the plant is far from stable and radiation levels are still high. nhk world's chief correspondent was one of the journalists who entered the site. you weren't wearing a protective suit. weren't they necessa
Feb 5, 2013 7:30am EST
came after a meeting in tokyo. it was tended by government and industry officials from the two countries. the technological know-how to be provided to india provides, among other things, how to convert heat and gas from steel mills into electric power. >> we hope that in the time to come we'll be second largest steel producer of the world. with this expansion, capacity is in mind, we do require better technologies, efficient technologies. we are assured with the discretion with exports, we will be able to find the right technologies for india. >> under the accord, japan will also send experts to india to help build energy-saving facilities. >>> that is going to wrap it up for biz tonight. let's get you a check of the markets. >>> residents of beijing have woken up for much of the past month under a dome of smog. they've looked out their windows to a haze of pollution. and residents of other cities are seeing the same thing. officials with the ministry of environmental protection say nearly half the population has been affected by serious air pollution. the officials said smog c
Feb 8, 2013 7:30am EST
upgrades that enhance safety in the event of an earthquake. >>> i'm gene otani in tokyo. welcome to "newsline". japanese and chinese leaders are locked in a back and forth debate that appears to be going nowhere. china defense ministry issued a statement denying reports that they used fire-control radars in the east china sea. the statement refers to two separate incidents on january 19th. it admits crews on chinese frigate tracked a japanese helicopter because it approached their vessel. in the second case on january 30th the statement says a chinese ship monitored a destroyer that was following it at close range. but the statement denies chinese crews used fire-control radar in either instance pinpoint says officials in tokyo released false reports without confirming the facts with their counterparts in beijing. a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry also denied japan's claim. >> translator: the departments have published the true facts. the japanese claims are complete fabrication. >> later on friday japan's vice sworn summoned china's minister to protest the denials.
Feb 13, 2013 7:30am EST
at the firm's headquarters here in tokyo. the company does make the subaru brand of cars. they say the weaker yen is helping the company's business to improve. they also asked each employee receive a bonus equal to five months of wages plus about $1,000. union leaders did not ask for an increase in base salaries. they cited uncertainty over japan's economic outlook. many auto worker unions dropped their demands for raising salaries this year. auto company executives are expected to be cautious about agreeing to any increase in labor costs. they say competition with overseas automakers is becoming too fierce. nhk survey shows many leading japanese firms remain reluctant to offer wage increases during these negotiations. nhk surveyed 100 major companies between late january and early this month on economic prospects. 79 companies said they expect an upturn this year. many cited the government's economic stimulus measures as a reason. the weaker yen was also another factor here. when asked about their stance on the wrong going annual wage negotiations, none of the respondents said that they are
Feb 19, 2013 7:30am EST
of the tourists. >> reporter: north of tokyo is trying to bring in more foreign travelers. the area has many historic sites. >> translator: a noted buddhist priest is enshrined here. >> reporter: this is part of a tour for people living in the area. the group also tried some local specialties. from deep fried potato cutlets to ramen noodles. these items may be local favorites, but will foreigners like them? city officials want to win more foreign visitors and turn tourism into a key industry. the city's tourist numbers are down to one-third of what it was before the 2011 earthquake. but the city has much work to do to prepare for more overseas guests. >> translator: foreigners who can't speak japanese won't understand the guide's explanations. it won't be fun for them. >> translator: it would be helpful if historic sites had information in english too. >> reporter: the tour participants have given the city a lot to think about to improve its tourism industry. >> translator: japan is aiming to have 10 million visitors this year, but we realize our city needs to make a lot more effort to welco
Feb 20, 2013 7:30am EST
that sales growth in the eurozone will be better. tokyo's nikkei average ended at the highest close in four years and five months. that's as the yen remains weak and we're seeing hopes now for mormon tear easing by japan's central bank. shanghai stocks with a rebound of .6% today as expectations for china's stimulus measures supporting sentiment there. here's a picture at europe at this time. we're seeing fairly mixed picture right now. gains in london. ftse 100 up .4%. got gains as well for the dax in frankfurt up .2%.ou see currenc now we're going to bank of japan to buy foreign bonds. others are betting the bank of japan will have mormon tear easing. foreign investments in to china dropped from a year ago. that's a decline now for an eighth straight month. a chinese commerce ministry spokesperson said the country attracted not over $9 billion of foreign direct investment last month. down 7.3% from the same month last year. investments from european nations were up more than 80%. a sharp rebound from last year's tumble when there was the impact of the eurozone debt problems. influence fro
Feb 1, 2013 7:00pm PST
a restructuring plan by march which could determine the fate of the company. chie tanaka, nhk world, tokyo. >>> japan's mini vehicle sales were the highest ever for january. sales of other kinds of cars declined. industry sources say new mini vehicle sales came to 154,000 units up 1% from a year earlier. new fuel-efficient models were rolled out. 383,000 new cars were sold last month, including mini vehicles. that's down 7% year-on-year and also a fifth straight monthly drop. industry officials say the decline stems from the end of september of government subsidies for buyers of eco-friendly cars. the biggest losers in january were toyota motor with a 14% drop and honda which showed a 13% drop. >>> almost two years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the situation at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant is far from stable. today on "nuclear watch," we look at the current conditions and challenges ahead. tokyo electric power company operates the plant. access is highly restricted. journalists were able to enter the plant on monday. the tsunami damaged four reactors, three of them suffered
Feb 6, 2013 7:00pm PST
's get a check on the markets now. tokyo's nikkei is down. it opened slightly lower. it's currently trading at 11,373. a loss of .8 of a percent from wednesday's close. some investors are taking profits while others are buying. they are expecting the next boj governor will take further steps for monetary easing. the dollar is lower against the yen. se sellers are trading to lock in profit. the dollar against the yen trading at 93.36 to 40. the euro is also lower against the yen. market players are waiting for the policy decision. the euro against the yen is quoted at 126.15 to 20. let's take a look at other markets in the asia pacific. seoul's kospi up at 1,945. australia, the benchmark index is trading higher, 4,923. japanese exporters have been watching the foreign exchange market every day and they like what they see. the yen's value against the dollar has been sliding since november. staples of japan's economy have benefitting from automaker, so are businesses that produce the basis of what we wear every day. nhk world's lauren lee explains. >> reporter: the yen's decline has op
Feb 15, 2013 7:00pm PST
>>> hello and welcome back to nhk world "newsline." i'm raja pradhan with the news from tokyo. >>> troops in central russia have found a crater following reports that a meteor came crashing down to earth. residents saw something streak through the sky, heard explosions and watched as windows shattered. flying glass injured hundreds of people. video shows a bright burning object streaking across the sky on friday in the chelyabinsk region. that's 1,500 kilometers east of moscow. the object left a trail of smoke. people heard a series of explosions. officials say the object's impact shattered windows, and they say flying glass hurt about 500 people including 30 children. the officials say it damaged at least 300 buildings including a zinc factory in the main city, chelyabinsk. mobile phone networks went down for a while. schoolteachers canceled classes for the day. troops searched for debris from the meteor. they found a whole 8 meters in diameter in a frozen lake 70 kilometers west of chelyabinsk, and they found a crater nearby. some reports say say people have found at least t
Feb 21, 2013 7:00pm PST
is being quoted at 122.74 to 79 yen. tokyo share prices are lore and this follows overnight declines on u.s. and european stock markets due to poor economic data from the euro zone. the nikkei at 11,198. that's a loss of almost 1% so far from thursday's close. in the asia pacific the kospi is down slightly about a fifth of a percent at 2,011. in australia the benchmark index is up by 1%, 5,036. london wine buffs have had chance to sip an exotic new vintage. 12 japanese wine producers from the leading wine area held a tasting on thursday. more than 100 local importers and restaurant owners flocked to the event. the hosts posted out the delicate aromas to the visitors. they offered japanese and western cuisine carely matched to go with the wine. >> the wines are great. >> they have exported about 10,000 bottles over three years. global buyers have held back because of the strong yen. now there's good news for wine exporters and wine lovers. >> that's the latest in business for this hour. i'll leave you with a check on markets. >>> u.s. computer security experts have linked the military to c
Feb 25, 2013 7:00pm PST
tokyo traders are buying the yen. traders try to avert risks by betting on the yen as a safe haven currency. the dollar reached a one month high in new york. that's trading around the 92 yen market. 92.54 to 56 yen. let's take a look at how this is affecting the stock markets. tokyo stocks are trading sharply lower after a strong rally on monday. the drop follows a slump in u.s. markets. the yen strength has been a drag on a wide range of issues. they are concerned about whether italy can consider its final reforms. the nikkei average is down 1.75%. the dollar was at a one month low and not a one month high. let's take a look at other markets in the asia pacific. south korea's kospi down a thirthird of a percent. let's see what's going in australia. it's down to 5,018. we'll see where other markets take us as they open in next hour. japan's prime minister abe has made his choice for the new bank of japan leader. looks like many leaders of the opposition party of japan will go along with it. kuroda is the chief of the asian development bank. abe is planning to present his nominees t
Feb 13, 2013 6:00am PST
.s. agriculture officials have joined forces with the meat industry to promote u.s. beef in tokyo. this comes after japan relaxed its import restrictions starting this month. agriculture department and beef industry officials are taking part in a large-scale trade fair for supermarket chains and foodmakers, with the revised regulations. japanese importers can now bring in beef on cattle up to 30 months old. the old rule was 20 months or younger to avoid the risk of mad cow disease. u.s. officials say they can offer a stable supply of high-quality beef to a japanese market. the beef producers say they can deliver lower priced cuts. >>> major japanese clothing chain uniqlo has a new outlet that will open in jakarta by around june. uniqlo announced it will be the tenant of a shopping mall now in construction. an executive of fast retailing says the jakarta store will become one of the largest among its outlets in southeast asia. >> translator: indonesia is a very important country for fast retailing's growth plan. the country has the world's fourth largest population. that's why we have devoted
Feb 6, 2013 7:00am EST
for the banks misdeeds. >> it is midday in london, 9:00 in the evening in tokyo, 1:00 in the afternoon in italy, where scientists are deep inside a mountain laboratory, counting down to the biggest experiment yet, the search for secret particles known as dark matter. the bbc has been given exclusive access to the experiment. scientists said that it will help them a lot one of the great secrets to the universe. in simple terms, dark matter and dark matt -- dark energy is the name given to what constitutes 84% of the universe. it is invisible and it does not admit or herbs or light, but scientists claim that gravity's effect on the universe proves that dark matter exists. >> beneath the mountain, one and a half kilometers down in these specially and -- specially constructed tunnels, the secrets of the universe could be revealed. in this subterranean laboratory, a new experiment could prove the existence of dark matter. scientists think that dark matter is all around us. that is what this experiment here is trying to solve. inside it is filled full of argon and the dark matter particles filter thr
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